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June 14, 2016

Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Calls for Greater Restraint at the DOJ

On Lexology, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, writes about former U.S. Deputy Attorney General David Ogden’s speech at ILR’s recent over-enforcement symposium.

Ogden, now a partner at Wilmer Hale, said that the rule of law is vital, but “undermined when the Justice Department insists on outsized monetary penalties in instances where the government is prosecuting with weak evidence of wrongdoing and dubious legal theories.”

He said he was concerned about his “perception that the Department and perhaps other enforcement agencies have moved away from traditional notions of prosecutorial discretion, founded in self-discipline about the facts and the law, a search for proportionality and acknowledgment of the need for restraint in negotiating pleas and settlements, and moved toward a greater willingness to use leverage to negotiate maximum fines and penalties.”

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